A Change In Perspective
Ever since moving to this property I have been obsessed with the idea of an aerial image of the place. I managed to wrangle a small plane ride over our place early on in our history, and though I took snapshots, they were grainy and awful. It didn’t matter, I was only going to use the photo to create a map of the land. The snap shots sat on my drawing table for years… mostly gathering dust, never culminating in any sort of accurate representation of what we had been doing. Maybe what I had been obsessed with was documenting our progress as we took 10 undeveloped acres and built a shed, a house, a barn, a studio. Once the record had been made, I relaxed.
Years later, a professional aerial photographer took a nice shot and we bought it, hanging it in a spot of honor in our home. This fired up the old desire to somehow draw the land myself. Especially now that I had completed my civil technician program which included mapping software and surveying coursework. For awhile I thought I should use my newly acquired skills to render a plat map of the place. But I couldn’t get fired up about actually measuring and then working on the computer. Finally, I realized it wasn’t what I wanted anyway. What I wanted was the exercise in thinking about what I liked about our home and aesthetically recreating the features. I wasn’t going for letter perfect accuracy… I just wanted to use my own two hands to creatively “map” our property. For fun, for the hell of it, and most importantly, for me.